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Used Oil and Oil Filter Recycling

Used Oil and Oil Filter Collection Events

The City of Indio holds used oil and filter collection events throughout the year. These events are free and residents can bring used oil and oil filters to be collected and recycled. These events are open to anyone in the Coachella Valley.  The next event will be held at the Home Depot parking lot at 42100 Jackson Street from 9:00 a.m. to noon on September 17, 2016.  Electronic waste and waste tires will also be collected at this event.   For questions or more information, please call the environmental programs coordinator at 760.625.1815. 

Remember to bring your oil filters because these can also be recycled.

Why We Need to Dispose of Used Oil Properly

• If the oil generated by all of the do-it-yourself oil changers in America were collected and re-refined, it would provide enough motor oil for over 50 million cars each year. This would:
  o Reduce our dependence on imported oil
  o Help reduce our trade deficit
  o Provide American jobs
  o Be environmentally friendly

• In California alone, over 120 million gallons of used oil were recycled in 2006. However 20 million gallons of used motor oil is disposed of each year in an unknown manner by do-it-yourself oil changers. This equals nearly 1 gallon of improperly disposed used oil for every adult Californian.

• Don't pour it down the drain or on the ground:  Used oil can foul sewage treatment processes; oil dumped on the land reduces soil productivity; and oil from a single oil change can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water

Used Oil Curbside Pickup Program

Residents may place a maximum of two fully sealed, one-gallon plastic containers of uncontaminated (meaning not mixed) used motor oil at curbside on their designated trash day. Please clearly mark each container as USED MOTOR OIL. Please do not mix engine coolant, water, or other materials with used oil. For more details on how to prepare used oil for pick-up or drop-off, visit Burrtec on the Web or call Burrtec at 760.340-2113.

There are also several Certified Used Oil Collection Centers in Indio.  To find a certified collection center near you click here.

What happens to Used Oil?
There are many practical uses for used motor oil. A primary use is to rerefine it into a base stock for lubricating oil. This process is very similar to the refining of crude oil. The result is that the rerefined oil is of as high a quality as a virgin oil product. In fact, rerefining used oil takes from 50 to 85 percent less energy than refining crude oil.


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Last updated: 4/15/2016 1:16:44 PM